Thursday, July 2, 2020

Although we are not fans of chain stores in NYC and instead always highlight and support “mom-and-pop” stores in our daily life and on our feed, we were happy to see the amazing street art which was painted on the boarded-up #storefront of this 7-11 store in Manhattan.

Full video: https://youtu.be/OADbFXVMvT4  


In our latest YouTube video, BEST NEW YORK STREET ART & GRAFFITI: RECLAIMING SOHO & BOWERY AFTER THE RIOT, we walk with our dog during, Hudson, around the streets of SoHo and the Bowery to see all the messages of love, unity, optimism and healing which were painted on the boarded-up storefronts in the aftermath of the riots which took place in #NYC on the evenings of May 31 to June 2, 2020. 

We also were fortunate enough to see a number of #graffitiartist and street artists still at work painting on the many wood “canvases” of boarded-up shops.  

The 7-11 is a great part of the project @Bringing_Back_Bowery. It is about community. The mural was done by @vkron.mmm .  

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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Our latest YouTube video "BEST NEW YORK STREET ART & GRAFFITI: RECLAIMING SOHO & BOWERY AFTER THE RIOT" is live!

 
We walk with our dog during the #Coronavirus Lockdown in New York around the streets of SoHo and the Bowery in Manhattan to see all the messages of love, unity, optimism and healing which were painted on the boarded-up storefronts in the aftermath of the riots which took place in #NYC on the evenings of May 31 to June 2, 2020. 

In addition to #art that was already in place, we were also were fortunate enough to see a number of graffiti and street artists still at work painting.  

Filmed on Sunday June 21, 2020 along Broadway, Mercer Street, Greene Street, Wooster Street, West Broadway, West Houston Street, Prince Street, Spring Street, Broome Street, St. Mark's Place and the Bowery in the SoHo and Bowery neighborhood of Manhattan.  

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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Our latest YouTube video "BEST NEW YORK BAGEL & HOW TO MAKE HAND-ROLLED BAGELS" is live!



In this BEST NEW YORK BAGEL & HOW TO MAKE HAND-ROLLED BAGELS, we visit Tompkins Square Bagels in the East Village of Manhattan and not only see where to buy the best New York style bagels but also watch and film a tutorial on how to make their hand-rolled, boiled and baked bagels. 

This amazing #bagel shop has been open during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown in NYC and we speak with the owner, Christopher Pugliese about how COVID-19 has impacted his business. 
 
We bring home and eat their delicious homemade bagels including an Everything Bagel, Sesame Bagel, and their specialty French Toast Bagel with their homemade Birthday Cake Cream Cheese.   #nyc #food  

Tompkins Square Bagels: 165 Avenue A East Village, New York  

Note they also have a 2nd location in the East Village on: 184 Second Avenue East Village, New York  

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Katy’s Candy, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn

Katy’s Candy in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn was in business from 1969 until 2007 when it was forced to close when the landlord wanted to convert the building into a luxury condo. 

Sadly, the #storefront remains empty today (left) and the luxury condo project never materialized. It makes you wonder if the landlord would have been better off letting Katy keep her small business and pay rent all these years. 

The importance of small unique shops like Katy’s to the community can’t be understated and that is the reason why we are holding a free online public workshop via YouTube to help raise awareness of their importance. 

• CAPTURING THE FACES & VOICES OF MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS 2020 is a photography, social media and oral history ONLINE workshop which focuses on the cultural significance of neighborhood stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. The ONLINE workshop will culminate in both an online @momandpopstorefronts dedicated Instagram page and a public exhibition of participants' work. 

• The workshops teach how photography, social media, and oral history can be tools for public awareness and advocacy. Participants will learn to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts as well as record oral histories with shop owners, which communicate artistically and are insightful and moving. Participants will also gain valuable knowledge in creating and maintaining their own social media account. Small local mom-and-pop shops including restaurants and cafes are the lifeblood of our communities and now more than ever need all of our support. Many have been struggling to survive during the COVID shutdown, and highlighting their business is a great free way to help promote them. 

•• To participate in our free workshop please watch our YouTube video which we premiered last night. (See direct link below). We will be holding a 2nd free public workshop in early August to review and provide feedback on every participants’ photos and oral histories. 

••• Full video: https://youtu.be/92mw14ULXqo


Thursday, June 25, 2020

Our friend Nick Hermanns has passed away.

He was a great soul and helped us when we were traveling hard through Europe. He will be missed.



(All above photos © Bernd Schuler)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

LENOX LOUNGE on Lenox Avenue closed on December 31, 2012 after 73 years in Harlem, when the landlord doubled the rent from $10,000 to $20,000 per month, forcing it out of business.

Jazz greats Billie Holiday, John Coltrane and Miles Davis all performed at Lenox Lounge and many political luminaries including Langston Hughes, James Baldwin and Malcolm X gathered there. Photo from 2004 and photo from 2014 and sadly is now torn down and a Wells Fargo bank branch stands in its place. 

• To help us keep mom-and-pop stores in business please REGISTER for our FREE ONLINE workshop supporting mom-and-pop shops in NYC via Eventbrite (see IG story for direct link or copy and paste link below). 

• CAPTURING THE FACES & VOICES OF MOM-AND-POP STOREFRONTS 2020 is a photography, social media and oral history ONLINE workshop focuses on the cultural significance of neighborhood stores and the impact they have on the pulse, life, and texture of their communities. The ONLINE workshop will culminate in both an online @momandpopstorefronts dedicated Instagram page and a public exhibition of participants' work. 

• The workshops teach how photography, social media, and oral history can be tools for public awareness and advocacy. Participants will learn to create their own powerful photographs of neighborhood storefronts as well as record oral histories with shop owners, which communicate artistically and are insightful and moving. Participants will also gain valuable knowledge in creating and maintaining their own social media account. Small local mom-and-pop shops including restaurants and cafes are the lifeblood of our communities and now more than ever need all of our support. Many have been struggling to survive during the COVID shutdown, and highlighting their business is a great free way to help promote them. 

• Space is limited to 100 participants & it is NOW FULLY booked but there is a WAITLIST. Registration is required so we can send you a LINK VIA EMAIL to view it on our YouTube channel and we will be participating in a live chat during the premiere.